Power banks have become absolute must-have gadgets for smartphone owners who are always on the go. It’s when you experience an unexpected power outage or a lack of wall outlet nearby that you truly feel the power of the power bank.
Power banks are upgraded each year to suit the needs of the ever-changing smartphones. Say you bought a power bank three years ago for an iPhone. You might want to swap this for a new one that supports the Lightning port.
Here is a rundown of the best power banks money can buy this year:
1. Anker PowerCore
Anker PowerCore is hands down the best power bank when it comes to capacity. The battery size is colossal and you can get it for around $50 online.
The Anker PowerCore packs a capacity of 20,100mAh. This is huge even by power bank standards.
This power bank is the perfect smartphone companion. The brand recommends you use it with Android and iOS smartphones (sorry, Windows).
This power bank supports high-speed charging via VoltageBoost and PowerIQ. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Qualcomm QuickCharge.
The overall design of the smartphone is cubic and simple. Nothing much is on the device. There’s a power button, four LED lights to indicate the charge, and the charging ports. That’s it.
The smoothly designed charger weighs around 350g. So it’s just lightweight enough to carry, but heavy enough to feel in your pocket.
This power bank is best suited for smartphones and tablets. You can ideally charge an average smartphone several times a day or week with this power bank.
Think about it. The average smartphone has a battery capacity of about 3,000mAh. That means you can charge your smartphone to full battery roughly 6 times per day!
Charging is via USB ports. It takes about 10 hours to charge the power bank to full, which can be a bummer. You can slightly speed up the process by using a USB-C port instead.
Charging the devices is similar to charging using a wall outlet. For example, an iPhone X takes about two hours to charge to full.
So this is not the power bank for light speed charging. What this power bank is great for capacity and functionality.
- Massive capacity
- Support for high-speed charging
- Minimalist design
- Highly smartphone compatible
2. Flux Charger Plus
This is the updated version of the Flux Charger. The new design comes with a sleek outlook and some specs to die for. Consider this a brief Flux Charger Plus review.
This charger is gorgeously designed with a sleek surface, slim profile, and soft edges. If you didn’t know better, you might confuse it for an Apple gadget.
The power bank is not just about looks. It packs 10,000 mAh of capacity. The charge can last several weeks.
The device comes with its own built-in cords to charge smartphones. You don’t need to buy extra cables.
This power bank is compatible with Android and iPhones. It supports iPhones and other such devices with Lighting and micro-USB ports. The output for two micro-USB ports is 2.1A (10.5W) and 7.5W for Lightening.
The entire package weighs just 88g. That’s significantly lightweight compared to other power banks on this list.
The upgraded Flux Charger costs slightly over the Anker PowerCore for less capacity. However, the other features of the gadget make up for it.
The slim profile makes this power bank really easy to carry, even in your pocket. It’s not cumbersome and you’ll barely feel it when carrying. Plus, the cord-free nature is an extra convenience.
The power bank is conveniently compatible with multiple gadgets too, including tablets and cameras. Charging time is just decent, given that this power back doesn’t support quick charging of any time. However, charging isn’t slowed down as a result.
With the 10,000mAH capacity, you can expect to charge an average smartphone several times. You can be assured that this power bank is sufficient to charge a smartphone at least three times in a single charge.
Overall, this is truly one of the best power banks unveiled this year. It’s portable with just enough capacity to make traveling with digital gadgets all the more convenient.
- Slim profile
- Upgraded design
- In-built cords
- Top-notch capacity
- Lightning and micro-USB support
3. RAVPower Ace
Looking for a power bank to charge multiple devices at once? Then RAVPower Ace might be the best choice for you.
RAVPower Ace is packed with a number of drool-worthy features. Let’s start with the capacity: it’s a whopping 22.000mAh. It’s possibly one of the biggest power banks (in terms of capacity) that money can buy.
Complementing the massive battery power are three USB ports. You can charge up to three devices at once. The USB ports support an output of up to 5.8A / 5V and an input up to 2.4A / 5V.
The exterior of the power bank is very well designed. It’s not exactly slim, but it’s very solid. The casing is made from the same plastic material BMW and Mercedes Benz uses for car interiors, according to the manufacturer.
The power bank comes in a lovely package that includes a travelling pouch and two micro-USB charging cables. Each cable is 30cm long.
This power bank looks and feels quite spectacular. It’s sturdy and not too heavy to carry. It’s not ultra-portable, but it does the job.
The most bankable feature of this power bank is the multi-device charging capacity. You can plug-in three devices at once. The output speed depends on how many devices you plugin.
The gadgets charge relatively fast with just one device. But the output slows down to 2.5V when all three USB ports are occupied. This doesn’t support QuickCharge so adjust your expectations accordingly.
That may not matter to people who would prefer this power bank for the sheer capacity it offers. Overall, this power bank is efficient and highly convenient for owners of big smartphones.
- Massive 22,000mAH capacity
- Three output ports
- Luxury-car grade plastic exterior
- Purchase includes cables and travel pouch
4. Aukey Power Bank
Aukey offers one of the best priced large capacity power banks for 2019. The brand has been around for a while. The latest version is definitely an improvement over previous releases.
The Aukey costs less than $50, but it has a massive capacity of 20,000mAh to rival the Anker PowerCore. Plus, there are two inputs—dual 3.4A USB ports.
The power bank allows users to charge two devices in one go. The charger is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It works with iPhones including Xs, Xs Max, and the latest iPad Pro.
The overall design is deceptively simple. The power bank doesn’t sport a slim design, but it’s portable enough. The power bank comes with a number of built-in safety features that prevent overcharging, overheating, and over-currents.
The power bank delivers something called an adaptive charge. The USB ports have a feature called AiPower. It allows both ports to work at once without risking a slowdown.
The who package comes with a micro-USB cable and a 45-day money-back guarantee. The product has a 1-year warranty and you will get a user manual too.
Despite the budget price, this power bank is amazingly functional. It can charge an iPad Pro from near-zero battery to full 1.4 times. You can charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 four times, and an iPhone Xs 6 six times.
The Aukey is amazingly efficient when charging due to AiPower. It doesn’t have QuickCharge, but charging times aren’t excessive for multiple devices.
Users would be relieved to know of the built-in fire and heat protection safeguards the device comes with. In summary, this is a great power bank that is well worth the price tag.
- Super affordable
- Large capacity
- Dual charging available
- Warranty and guarantee upon purchase
- Built-in overheat protection
5. Mophie Powerstation Plus XL
Mophie Powerstation Plus XL is considered the best power bank for iPhones and iPads. It’s not cheap, though. So if you are an iPhone owner with no coins to spare, this might be what you are looking for.
The Mophie packs 10,000mAh of capacity. However, that’s not what makes this power bank shine. Uniquely enough, the Mophie has a built-in Lightning cable that works with any Qi charger.
This power bank has two ports to charge two devices at once. In addition to the embedded Lightning port, there’s also a 2.1A 10W USB-A port.
This gadget is very slim and lightweight, in the style of other Apple devices. Rather than a hard plastic exterior, the Mophie is covered in a soft fabric casing.
The Powerstation is the ideal power bank if you have an iPhone or an iPad made before 2018. With only a USB-A port, there’s not much use for Android devices.
Users should note that the Mophine doesn’t work with iPad Pros equipped with USB-C ports. The device only supports USB-A as specified.
The lightweight and stylishly designed power bank is otherwise an ideal companion to your iOS device. It works seamlessly with the Apple devices. Charging is efficient and wireless charging is available via Qi.
The best feature, of course, is the integrated Lightning port. You won’t have to carry around cables anymore.
Everything is adequate, except for the price. The large XL version of the Powerstation costs $100 or more. On the plus side, the charger is available in a variety of colors too.
- Made for iPhones and iPads
- Embedded Lightning port
- Includes USB-A port for dual device charging
- Solid capacity
- Stylish design with a fabric exterior
When buying a power bank, look at the capacity in terms of the price. Additionally, check for compatibility as well. Most users forget that power banks are not universally compatible with handheld devices.
Once you know which features you prefer, choose any power bank from the list above. You will not find any better choices as of now this year.